We’ve discussed Phonebloks before — an interesting campaign, presenting a new solution to the planned obsolescence of mobile phones. In terms of circulating around the web, its been successful, raising awareness of the idea that users should have an option to purchase and keep modular phones, which could be upgraded to better hardware as quickly and as easily as a ‘snap.’
When enough of the public speaks, the big dogs in charge will eventually listen. And a new blog post from one of Motorola’s research and development teams, Project Ara, puts Google’s other phone company on board with Dave Hakkens and his Phonebloks team.
Apparently both sides of the Phonebloks and Motorola partnership are looking for the same thing: “to develop a phone platform that is modular, open, customizable and made for the entire world.” With Hakken’s community of online supporters and Motorola’s capabilities and know-how, they’re already working on the project and plan to have the Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) out during this winter.
The beauty of modular smartphones, namely channeled through the Phonebloks vision, is that any component on a normal smartphone can be a module. That means a touch display, keyboard, battery pack, even a pulse oximeter — users will decide which modules fit their needs and will have the option to swap them out for others when the time comes.
I’m in full support of this project. Great job Moto, and I’m proud of you, Google.